Husband and wife team wins top entrepreneurial accolade

South Africa’s premier annual entrepreneurial platform, Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, has named mining engineer, Samuel Molefi, and his entrepreneurial wife and business partner, Motlapele Molefi, as this year’s overall competition winners at the awards ceremony held in Johannesburg this morning. Samuel and Motlapele are the founders and owners of […]

Past winner catch-up: where are they now?

2018 marks our 30th year in honouring entrepreneurs and the contributions they make toward growing the South African economy. We’re celebrating by catching up with some of the past winners of the competition. Catching up with: Elian Wiener Winning year: Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year® and Innovator of the Year – 2011 Winning business: Epic […]

2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition now open for entries

The instrumental value that entrepreneurs add to the South African economy is undisputable – they are an important cog in the creation of the much needed jobs in the country. It is therefore encouraging that the challenges and obstacles which impede this valuable sector are receiving some much-needed attention from both the public and private […]

Breaking norms leads to success for 2015 EOY entrant

Wearing pink and playing with dolls is often associated with most little girls’ childhood. This was not the case for Shireen Sayed, an adventurous outdoor enthusiast who grew up climbing trees. This Durban-based entrepreneur, owner of Aspire Project Management, says she knew from a young age that she would carve her career in the built […]

21 years of entrepreneurial growth in SA

Christo Botes, spokesperson of the 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, provides insight into how entrepreneurial activity has evolved over the last two decades in South Africa. South Africa celebrates 21 years of democracy on 27 May 2015 – Freedom Day – which represents the liberty for individuals to follow the […]

21 years of entrepreneurial growth in South Africa

Freedom represents the liberty to follow the path one chooses, which includes an individual’s career path. Entrepreneurship is one such path, and since the first democratic election in 1994, South Africa has witnessed the rise of small businesses. This is according to Christo Botes, spokesperson of the 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the […]

2013 EOY entrant journey to business success in competitive financial industry

Many business owners don’t grow up dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur, but grow into the career path later in life. This was the case of Jeanie Harvey, owner of Camelot Business & Financial Solutions, an accounting and tax business which also offers accounting tutoring lessons, and an entrant in the 2013 Sanlam / Business Partners […]

Raising the bar

Grant Greeff is giving the hospitality industry a well-needed shake-up, with a cocktail of one-part innovation, one-part sound business practice, and two-parts genuine and attentive service, writes Jane Steinacker-Keys At a party on New Year’s Eve in 2010, Grant Greeff was dancing with close friend Annalize Buchanan, a caterer in Cape Town, who had just […]

Ministry of entrepreneurship necessary in SA

Entrepreneurial leader, Mark Lamberti, recently called for the creation of a Ministry of Entrepreneurship in South Africa at the recent Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of Year® competition launch. This was echoed by Professor Dilip Garach, of Garach & Garach Financial Advisory Services who called for a Small Business Ministry to be established locally. According […]

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